I've always loved Debra Messing, you know "Grace" from Will & Grace. I knew about the book The Starter Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer from The Gospel According To Party Confidential. Those party planners extraordinaire outlined the 2 launch parties they had for the book, a tale of a ex-wife of a Hollywood studio boss and her life after her divorce. It's become a series on USA, and imagine my delight when I tuned into the marathon before the new season. I have fallen in love with the show. Although late, because it debuted last summer, but whatever!
Elements from the book, like the cover image of a pink lady toting a suitcase and the (at the time) must-have UGG boots became part of the decor, and brought the book to life. They even had a photo op area with a Malibu beach scene and a hot surfer dude to pose with guests. Other party ideas they used: signature cocktails that included The Pink Lady and The Divorce, and Lucite tabletops filled with flowers, placed on clear trunks stuffed with UGG purses.
As gift bags, they created a Starter Wife kit filled with all the Hollywood essentials, including BOTOX gift certificates and tanning services, signed copies of the book, plus an UGG shoe display where the female guests chose blue or pink and the gentlemen with chestnut-colored boots. Here are a few picts of the fabulousness. Want more? You'll have to get the book!
Cookies by Design cookies with The Starter Wife book cover on them. The invites mirror the book cover's design. The staff dressed in pink with vintage suitcases served as human arrows to direct guests to the party.